Keke Coutee (20) of the Texas Tech Red Raiders is gang tackled by the Texas Longhorns defense during the game on November 5, 2016 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 34: Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee

Posted July 30th, 2017


The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

The highest-ranked Texas Tech player on this list, Keke Coutee carries some lofty expectations into 2017. The wide receiver is on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and was named preseason All-Big 12. But his highest expectations come from within. This spring, he told ESPN that he wants to break the single-season touchdown record set by Michael Crabtree.

As a sophomore in 2016, Coutee hauled in 55 catches for 890 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a career game in the season finale against Baylor, when he went for 221 yards and two scores. With Jonathan Giles gone, he’s expected to step into the No. 1 role.


What should the Longhorns watch for?

Coutee might just fit perfectly with his new quarterback. At Big 12 media days, Red Raiders wideout Cameron Batson compared Nic Shimonek’s style to that of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He said Shimonek loves to hit shorter, high-percentage passes rather than seeking out big plays.

Why is that good news for Coutee? Well, the junior from Lufkin is one of the best in the conference at making defenders miss. He’s a good deep route runner too, but if you watch his highlights you’ll see that a lot of his big plays come off short screens or crossing routes. Then it’s off to the races.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

No. 36: Nic Shimonek

No. 35: Taj Williams

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